Holiday makers searching for winter sun holiday destinations outside of the eurozone should travel to Turkey. Sitting on two continents – Europe and Asia, Turkey has a culture that reflects both East and West. So with its historic religious monuments, great shopping centres and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, pack your suitcase and head to Turkey.
Day 1 – Istanbul Grand Bazaar
Get a feel for Istanbul by shopping for souvenirs in the world’s largest covered market. With more than 58 streets, the market welcomes between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. The Grand Bazaar is well known for its 6,000 jewellery, pottery, spice and carpet shops so you’re bound to pick up a bargain! For something a bit different head uptown to browse for cut-price fashion goods and clothing in the boutiques along Istiklal Avenue located in the historic Beyo?lu district or visit fashionable up market Nisantasi which is one of Turkey’s most expensive shopping districts.
Day 2 – Princes’ Islands
For a day of exploring, take a ferry from the Eminönü dock in Istanbul to the Princes’ Islands, a popular destination for day trippers. The islands, known by the locals as ‘Adalar’, used to be a popular summer retreat for wealthy Istanbulians. Just a short ferry ride away from Istanbul, the chain of nine islands are incredibly peaceful compared to the chaotic city of Istanbul as there is no traffic, the only form of transportation on the islands is by horse and cart.
Day 3 – Lycian Way
For a glimpse of some breathtaking views, take a trek along the Lycian Way coastal route. The route stretches for 500km between the cities of Fethiye and Antalya, where you’ll see some of Turkey’s most spectacular sceneries. Remember to pack some comfortable walking shoes!
Day 4 – Patara Beach
For a lazy day on the beach head to Patara, one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and part of a national park. The white sand stretches a vast 14.2 kms long making it the longest beach in the Mediterranean.
Day 5 – Rafting
Thrill seekers can experience an exhilarating adventure white-water rafting on one of Turkey’s various rivers – the Dalaman River, the Köprülü River, the Zamanti River or the Coruh River which is rated by professionals as one of the top rafting descents in the world!
Day 6 – Turkish Bath
After a busy day of rafting, relax in a steamy Turkish bath known as a hammam. In Istanbul, the most popular historic baths are the Galatasaray Hammam in Beyo?lu and Ca?alo?lu Hammam in Sultanahmet, though local baths are often just as effective in soothing your aching muscles!
Day 7 – Whirling Dervishes
To experience a taste of Turkish culture catch a performance by the renowned Whirling Dervishes, who are members of the religious Mevlevi Order who perform the famous whirling dance. A perfect way to end your holiday in Turkey!
Remember your cheap holiday insurance!
So that you can really enjoy your winter sun holiday in Turkey, don’t forget to take out your cheap holiday insurance as soon as you book your trip. It is important that you remember to check that your cheap holiday insurance policy offers you the level of cover that you need for your break before you buy it.
When buying your cheap holiday insurance, don’t assume that every policy is the same. Your needs may be different from others, so make sure your holiday insurance provides the cover that you require. Read the small print, check the level of cover and ensure you are covered for any activities that you want to undertake. Carry your cheap holiday insurance documentation and the 24-hour emergency assistance number on you at all times along with your policy number so you’re prepared for every eventuality!